Doris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center
The Humanities have important work to do in developing societies because they foster creative and critical thinking. For its own intrinsic value, the aesthetic judgment that the Humanities hone affords pleasure of freedom and sociability. And related to those pleasures is the general faculty of judgment that free societies depend on. With the activities of Pre-Texts we gather lessons of philosophy, pedagogy, and art — including vernacular arts — to offer high order learning in low-resourced communities. In collaboration with partners in the Indian education and public health sectors, Cultural Agents hopes to contribute to development in India with Pre-Texts by engaging local strengths to promote: Literacy, Innovation, and Citizenship.
Lunch will be provided during the seminar and will be followed by a demonstration of Pre-Texts with audience participation.
Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center
Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 12:00pm
Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 02:00pm
Thu, March 8, 2018 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm / N. Delhi
To launch the official opening, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute (SAI), Harvard University, India Office will be hosting a series of events in March and April. A reception will follow each event. For the first event, feminist historian Uma Chakravarti and feminist publisher Urvashi Butalia will give a seminar on Partition.
Uma Chakravarti is a feminist historian who taught at Miranda House, University College for Women, Delhi from 1966 to 1998. She is the Delhi project director for the SAI Partition Project, “The Demographic and Humanitarian Consequences of the Partition.” Chakravarti writes on Buddhism, early Indian history, caste and feminism, and contemporary issues.
Urvashi Butalia is the author of “The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India,” which centers oral histories from subaltern communities and women who experienced the Partition. Butalia co-founded Kali for Women, India’s first exclusively feminist publishing house. Following the closure of Kali for Women, she founded Zubaan Books.
Reception to follow after each event.
RSVP Dr. Sanjay Kumar, SAI India Country Director; email@example.com
Full List of Events in March and April
Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 06:00pm
Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 07:30pm
SAI Fellow Raile Rocky Ziipao will discuss social dynamics and infrastructure development in India’s frontier and border region. His research on the frontier highways uses the philosophy of Indigenous methodology (perspective from within).
Link to the event page at Brown.
Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 02:00pm
Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 04:00pm
Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics Series: Is Nationalism a Democratic Resource? Evidence from India and Malaysia
Primary Speaker: Dr. Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, University of Oxford
Dr. Maya Tudor’s research investigates the origins of stable, democratic and effective states across the developing world, with a particular emphasis upon South Asia. She was educated at Stanford University (BA in Economics) and Princeton University (MPA in Development Studies and Ph.D. in Politics and Public Policy). She has held Fellowships at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy.
Her book, ‘The Promise of Power’ (Cambridge University Press, 2013), was based on her 2010 dissertation, which won the American Political Science Association’s Gabriel Almond Prize for the Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics. The book investigates the origins of India and Pakistan’s puzzling regime divergence in the aftermath of colonial independence. She is also the author of articles in Comparative Politics, Journal of Democracy, and Party Politics.
Before embarking on an academic career, Dr. Tudor worked as a Special Assistant to Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz at the World Bank, at UNICEF, in the United States Senate, and at the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee. A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, she has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Germany, France, India, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 02:00pm
Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs at Brown University
CHAIR: SAI BALAKRISHNAN
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School Of Design
Drawing on fieldwork in a range of communities in Delhi, Patrick Heller documents inequity, and exclusion within basic service distribution across the city. These exclusionary practices have both a formal character built into policies that differentiate citizenship rights across settlement types and an informal character driven by political arrangements.
Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 04:00pm
Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 05:30pm
Wed, January 31, 2018 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm
For the Boston Study Group’s first Ambedkar lecture of the year, Dr. Raile Rocky Ziipao (Raghunathan Family Fellow, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University; Member, Tribal Intellectual Collective India) will speak on the topic of “Non-Caste Societies, Epistemology, and Challenges in India: A Tribal Indian’s Perspective.”
Boston Study Group (BSG) is an organization dedicated to working towards a just and equitable society. They organize study groups, monthly meetings, lecture series and other social activities in the Boston area to create educational and organizing infrastructure to carry forward their mission.
Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 06:00pm
Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 08:00pm
PROFESSOR S.V. (SUBU) SUBRAMANIAN
Professor of Population Health and Geography at Harvard University, and Director of a University-wide Initiative on Applied Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences
MODERATOR: MR. ARJAN DE WAGT
Chief, Child Development & Nutrition, UNICEF India
For the inaugural SAI India Seminar Series event, Professor Subramanian will discuss the current policy perspectives to addressing the burden of stunting in India. He will make recommendations for targeted policy deliberation and action.
Annexe Building: Lecture Room- I
India International Center
40, Max Muller Marg, New Delhi, 110 003
RSVP- Sanjay Kumar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 06:00pm
Mon, Jan 15, 2018
Contested Realities: India’s Environmental Movement and the Politics of Change
Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
December 4, 2017, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Emerson Hall, Room 105, 25 Quincy Street
The Indian environmental stories that are making international headlines are the ghastly air pollution and the nation’s inability to control filth, garbage and sewage that are overwhelming its cities, rivers and fields. The other narrative linking India to the rest of the world is that India is the major villain in climate change. I ask, can India can beat the pollution game by following the trajectory of the western world? Won’t capital and resource-intensive methods of environmental management simply add to the burden of inequality, and so to unsustainability? Also, is India the villain or the victim in international climate politics? Are there lessons in India for the global community in its fight against climate change? I will discuss how democracy and dissent must work together so that the environmentalism of the poor dictates the politics of change. Not just change in India, but change in the world.
Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Archibald Cox Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Program, Harvard Law School
A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Harvard University
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Sunita Narain is a writer and environmentalist. In 2016 she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. In 2005 she was awarded the Padma Shri (a top civilian state prize) by the Indian government. She also chaired the Tiger Task Force at the direction of the Prime Minister, to evolve an action plan for conservation in the country after the loss of tigers in Sariska. She has received the World Water Prize for work on rainwater harvesting and for its influence in building paradigms for community-based water management. She was a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Climate Change and the National Ganga River Basin Authority. She has been with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in New Delhi since 1982. She is currently director general of the Centre, treasurer of the Society for Environmental Communications, and editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 05:00pm
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 07:00pm
Huang Yinghong, Associate Professor (School of International Relations, Sun Yat-sen University) will discuss the active role of the state and its compulsory measures towards land acquisition in India and China.
Co-sponsored with the Harvard Yenching Institute , Asia Center and the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:00pm
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 01:30pm